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How To Create Beachy Waves With A Straightener
February 28, 2017 at 2:56 am 0
As a Mother we don't always have the time to spend fussing over our hair. I mean I rock a top knot courtesy of a little dry shampoo way more often than I should! I am always on the look out for new and versatile tools that can simplify the process of getting ready since I usually have a 3 year old hanging off me for most of the day. Now before Willow, I used to use a curling wand and a straightener to achieve a wavy look and these days...ain't nobody got time for that! I recently found a styling iron that can straighten, curl, and create waves. Who doesn't love a hair tool that serves dual purposes and looks as sleek as the T3 SinglePass LUXE? I must admit I was a little intimidated by using just a flat iron to create waves, but the T3 has flexible beveled plates and a contoured body to glide smoothly through hair. See my steps below on how to create carefree waves using the T3 Singlepass LUXE.

1. Allow your T3 SinglePass LUXE a minute to heat up.

2. Take a one-inch section of your hair and bring the straightener up to your roots at a 45 degree angle.

3. Wrap the section around the front of the straightener, when you get to the back pull hair through the plates and clip them together.

4. Slide straightener smoothly down hair and release to reveal the perfect wave.

5. Run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves. Set it with your favorite hair spray or texturizing spray ( I love this one from Oribe).

6. Now pat yourself on the back for creating waves with a straightener and you should probably take a picture!

You can find the T3 SinglePass LUXE at T3, Nordstrom, Sephora, and ULTA

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography 

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How I Steal My Child’s Skin Products + A Giveaway!!
May 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm 1

Modern day moms are always on the go. I know for me time is of the essence and I am always looking for easy, life hacks. I mean let's be honest, I have used things like baby wipes to clean my refrigerator, and even to take off my make up at night. If it's convenient, you had me at Hello. I can see why many moms may end up stealing baby’s skincare products, and then falling in love with them. What's not to like? These products are made to be super gentle and soothing for babies, and they do just that for adults as well. I recently tried Skinfix products on Willow and found that I'm just as obsessed with them for me!

See below for a few of my favorite tricks I use with my Skinfix products:

 
  1. Gentle Hair & Body Wash doubles as Makeup Brush Cleanser: Throw a bit of this wash into a cup of water to give your makeup brushes a little cleaning. Gentle enough to keep bristles soft, while effectively removing dirt, leaving them feeling good as new.

 
  1. Diaper Rash Balm doubles as Miracle Balm: Cure unwanted redness and aid in the healing of cuts, burns and bug bites. This luxe hydrating formula will soothe your skin with the addition of jojoba oil, sunflower oil and beeswax.

 
  1. Gentle Moisturizing Lotion doubles as Go-To Cream: With added aloe and coconut oil, it is the perfect after sun or shower lotion for you, too! The lightweight formula that Baby loves is great for everyday use, especially for those with sensitive skin or allergy-prone.

I have teamed up with Skinfix to give one lucky reader of mine a bundle of their amazing products including their wash, lotion and two balms! Rules to enter are easy:
  1. Follow @skinfixinc and @thechicmamas on Instagram
  2. Tag a friend you know would love these products under the Instagram giveaway image!
Giveaway ends Monday, May 30th at 1200 (noon-PST). Winner must live in the contiguous US states and be at least 18 years of age to participate. Not redeemable for cash. No purchase necessary.  The winner will be announced on 5/30/16 at 5pm (PT). We thank you in advance for your patience while we verify all the entries. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or they will be forfeited. Fake or Giveaway-Only accounts will be disqualified. We truly appreciate your support! Good luck! 2016.05.16_ChicMamas_FINAL-8 2016.05.16_ChicMamas_FINAL-9 Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography   
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How I master the “No-Makeup” Make Up Look!
May 19, 2016 at 5:09 am 0
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(Bag: Wet Seal and similar options HERE)

As a Mom, you know that time is precious, and morning routines can be hectic. Yet I feel that leaving the house looking refreshed helps me start my day on a good note. I routinely love to use this "No-Makeup" look for a fresh faced glow that helps highlight your natural beauty. These easy steps and simple products are quick to apply before you spend the next 45 minutes getting the kiddos in the car for one errand!

Shop This Look Below:

  1. Apply primer to clean moisturized skin to help this look stay in place. I recently tried this Lauren Mercier Radiant Primer and love it. Tip: For quick coverage apply with clean fingertips. 
  2. Apply a sheer foundation, like this Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation by Sephora. I like this foundation as it is not too heavy, and appears natural while giving you great coverage. 
  3. Conceal the under eye area and cover any blemishes. Again you can tap under your eye with your ring finger, or use a beauty blender to help blend your concealer. I'm obsessed with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard.
  4. Create a natural flush on cheeks. I like this Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher
  5. Highlight cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and brow bone with Radiant Aluminizing Drops. I have a serious love for highlighters! I feel like this just gives you the best dewey glow.
  6. Curl those lashes and add mascara. I use Better than Sex Mascara which adds great volume that lasts throughout the day.
  7. Finish with a natural lip color, such as Make Up Forever Natural Lipstick in shade Powdery Pink.

Now toss your hair up in a Mom bun and you are good to go!!

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

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Summer Essentials from The Beauty Kitchen+GIVEAWAY
August 2, 2015 at 11:09 pm 0
Hello Beautiful People...It's Giveaway Time!!!  I have used The Beauty Kitchen products for quite some time now and they have quickly become a staple in my every day routine, especially now that it is beach season. I will explain how I use each one below and I have bundled them all together for one lucky reader!! 

The Beauty Kitchen essential bundle includes:

  1. Rose Water Hydrating Mist
  2. Rose Geranium Cleansing Oil
  3. Lavender Take A Breath Skin Polish
  4. Sage Shake It Off Lotion
  5. Dead Sea Mud Beauty Bar
  6. After Sun Aloe Spray
  7. Bye Bye Cellulite Coffee Scrub

How To Enter:

  1. Follow The Chic Mamas on Instagram (@thechicmamas).
  2. Follow The Beauty Kitchen on Instagram (@beautykitchenjunkie).
  3. Tag a friend you think could use these products under The Chic Mamas giveaway photo on Instagram.
  4. Repost the Image with hashtag #thechicmamasXthebeautykitchen.
 

** Open to US and Canadian residents only. Winner will be chosen at random on THURSDAY, AUGUST 6th at 5pm (PST) and winner will be announced via social media on Friday, August 7th once follows and comments have been confirmed. Happy giveaway!

The Beauty Kitchen   1. Rose Water Hydrating Mist is a perfect refresher after a workout, hike, or simply running around. It is a must have for me. It's actually the last step in my beauty routine, as I use it to set my make up! It is always in my beach bag and gives the perfect refresher to tired or dry skin. It is great for skin after sun exposure. 2. Rose Geranium Cleansing Oil is made with rice bran oil, coconut oil, Beauty Kitchen's skin softening oils and essential oils of Rose and Geranium. It is perfect for taking off make up, but I also like to use it post beach days to clean the sweat and sunscreen off my face at the end of the day. I love that it is made with all natural oils so I even put it on Willow's skin from time to time too. 3. Lavender Take A Breath Skin Polish is one of my favorite products!! Not only is the lavender soothing, but the scrub is perfect for removing dry skin. I use it multiple times a week, always before shaving my legs, and getting a spray tan. If I know I am going to be at the pool or beach I use it the day before to give my skin that polished look. 4. Sage Shake It Off Lotion  is perfect for a relaxing day at the beach or poolside. I use it all over my body before heading out to lay in the sun. Heather Marianna, the creator of The Beauty Kitchen also recommends using the Sage Shake it Off Lotion before yoga. This is another product I also carry  with me. It's made with 100% natural ingredients and a sage and lavender blend. 5. Dead Sea Mud Beauty Bar improves the look of your skin by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. When it dries, toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet are drawn out. Your face and body will feel clean and refreshed. This is an all-natural soap free of chemicals, dyes, and perfumes 6. The After Sun Aloe Spray is made with organic Aloe Vera ingredients, Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Rose Water, Distilled water and Beauty Kitchen's blend of essential oils to fight sunburns. This is your perfect "to go to" item for after relaxing in the sun. 7. Bye Bye Cellulite Coffee Scrub is jam packed with grapefruit (white and pink), orange (blood and sweet), fine coffee grains, sea buckthorn, peppermint and lemongrass. This sugar scrub stimulates fat cells using coffee’s natural caffeine properties. The cooling sensation works like magic, creating micro-stimulation on cellulite-prone areas! Need I say more!! I use this religiously, it is an awesome product!! 2015.07.17_ChicMamasBlog_WEB-36   Photo Credit: Kate Haus Photography
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A New Mother’s Day Gift Guide- Almost All Under $100
May 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm 0
Mother's Day is one week away!! Show that special Mama some love while also staying within your budget. See our favorite picks for gifts that are almost all under $100 bucks!!
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